Warm words: Wayne Rooney was full of praise for new team-mate Anthony Martial

By Emma Sanders

Wayne Rooney answered his critics during Thursday’s 4-0 victory against Feyenoord as he produced a sensational display, scoring a goal and grabbing an assist, to showcase the huge talent he still possesses.

The Manchester United skipper was at the centre of all that was good in his side’s Europa League victory against the Dutch outfit, who included two former Liverpool players in the starting XI.

Old Trafford’s faithful sang songs towards Dirk Kuyt and Brad Jones for their scouse links but it was Manchester United’s Merseyside man who opened the scoring after 35 minutes.

Rooney was involved in the build-up play before a perfectly timed pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the 31-year-old in space in the box and Rooney showed composure to chip the ball over the oncoming figure of Jones.

The England captain produced an even better piece of skill in the second-half when he set-up Juan Mata’s goal with a blind, first time, reverse pass.

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They were two moments of real quality and they changed the dynamics of the game as Manchester United began to run riot in the second-half.

Rooney has been heavily criticised this week after reports were leaked of him getting drunk in the England hotel room during the international break.

His talent has often been questioned this season, too, but after Thursday’s performance it’s hard to see why given the quality that was displayed by the midfielder.

He capped it off by becoming Manchester United’s all time record goalscorer in European competition with his 39th goal, overtaking Ruud Van Nisterooy who scored 38.

In other Manchester United, these are the three things we learned from the game against Feyenoord.